Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Lena love more, Joe or Spunk?

2. Why does Lena totally reject Joe?

3. What does Joe clutch in his hand in Chapter 2?

4. Whose dialogue makes up most of Chapter 1?

5. What size is the town where the story takes place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the black bobcat represent?

2. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

3. Describe the setting for this story as given in the beginning of Chapter 1.

4. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

5. Describe how Spunk dies in Chapter 4.

6. What does Spunk say right before he dies? Why is this significant?

7. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

8. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

9. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

10. What is the wake for Spunk like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think is the main theme of Hurston's book? Identify at least three events in "Spunk" that communicate this theme.

Essay Topic 2

What is the tone of "Spunk"? Why would Hurston choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Spunk and Lena are in love? What about Joe and Lena? Support your opinions with specific examples from the novel.

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